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a pre-tax profit margin of 17. %, she said she would revisit those goals for the pretax profit margins for that unit in mid year once, again, the final acquisition or the last leg of that brokerage unit has been completed. the year over year decline in fixed income commodities and currency trading was down 42%. she said it was due to the very strong first quarter of 2012. that was due to some hejs that had helped put on for its clients. however, she did note on a quarter over quarter basis trading was up. retail activity among the brokerage clients was strong in january and february. it did taper off a little bit in march on concerns about some of the issues we saw. cyprus the big run-up in the market, et cetera. april got off to a slightly stronger start as well. she said ceo confidence when it comes to m and a, she said right now ceos are looking out to the second half of the year. there is concerns about the profit outlook there and that's holding them back a little bit. debt and equity underwriting remain strong. >> thank you, mary. a lot of information you had from that conversati
it and forget it >> welcome back to the kron 4 morning news. the story i'm falling out of washington. tax-free shopping on the internet could be over under a bill making its way through the senate. the bill would require online retailer to collect data local taxes for purchases made over the internet. the sales taxes would be sent to the state where the shopper lives. >> under current law, states can only record store to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state. as a result, many on-line cells essentially tax-free. even though you are supposed to declare those items on your state tax returns and pay the sales tax. very few americans do. the senate voted 74 to 20 as today to take up the bill. with the level of support, the senate to pass the bill as early as this week. >> >> we will take a break is 511 back with more in a moment. when we come back we will the full text of forecast. here's a look at san jose. the ride on 101 looking okay. temperatures outsider pretty good. 54 in san jose looking for near a [ male announcer ] fact: the 100% electric nissan leaf..
. you've heard that the first quarter was tough. probably payroll tax impacted more than anything else. and small business is -- and big business for that matter is totally the flux with the obama care act and what it all means. and business is looking at part-time, that you've got to keep people under 30 hours. they don't want to employ more than 50 people. and nobody really knows how this thing is going to work. now, as far as the japanese yen, every major manufacturer in the world has made a strategic decision to produce where they sell. no manufacturer can deal with the volatility in exchange rates. and if you look at where the japanese are today compared to 10, 20 years ago, there is no comparison with let's say 80% produced in north america. so the exchange rate has been dramatically reduced as a factor in our business. and at the moment, i don't see any impact. >> okay, mike, $42. we've been friends a long time. you couldn't tell me at four bucks that that was something i should -- actually, we're not allowed to do it, anyway, but you couldn't have mentioned that back in 2008 or
the latest with the tax out of boston. if three people, including a 8 year-old child, have died. nearly 150 have been injured. a press conference is happening in about 30 minutes from now, which will carry that live for you. >> back here in the bay area, law-enforcement officials are stepping up patrols. if you can expect to see added patrols on bart this morning. >> one bay area resident was injured at the bombing in boston. he is a 12 year-old from martinez. kron4 will tran is a live from the boy's school with an update this morning. >> we will be right back.
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